Special Ingredient Saturday – Parsley

Special Ingredient Saturday – Parsley

Do you think that adding a bit of beautiful parsley to your pooch’s dinner plate is going a bit overboard? Maybe not. Parsley doesn’t just look good on a plate; it has valuable health benefits as well. Parsley contains ‘volatile oil’ which animal studies have shown...

Interesting Experiences in International Travel

Interesting Experiences in International Travel

I recently returned from a 10 day trip to China – combination business trip and pleasure. Climbing the Great Wall of China is an incomparable experience – pictures only partially express the wonder! As a developing country, many of the experiences I’ve witnessed in...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Apples

Special Ingredient Saturday – Apples

Can an apple a day keep the veterinarian away? Maybe. Apples provide quality fiber to your pets’ diet as well as many phytonutrients that provide anti-inflammatory protection and disease prevention. Recent studies also show anti-cancer benefits in apples. Not bad for...

When to Seek a Second (3rd or 4th) Opinion

When to Seek a Second (3rd or 4th) Opinion

Many of the phone consults I perform as a — now retired — veterinarian who no longer diagnoses or prescribes, center around helping pet owners make the most of their pet’s condition or circumstances. The purpose of a phone consultation is not to diagnose or treat a...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Tea Tree Oil

Special Ingredient Saturday – Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree WHAT?!? Tea tree oil has been used for centuries with the Aboriginal peoples to clean wounds and prevent infections. It has steadily grown in popularity and now many all around the world recognize this powerful shrub and appreciate its cleansing...

Canine Fitness: A New Therapy to Improve How Dogs Move

Canine Fitness: A New Therapy to Improve How Dogs Move

There are many modalities that help the arthritic patient: acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, laser, and herbal therapy. (Most of these have been discussed in other blogs.) A great new trend to help arthritic patients– and even dogs who suddenly can’t walk or stand...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Quinoa

Special Ingredient Saturday – Quinoa

Quinoa — pronounced keen-wa — could best be described as a “small, but mighty” nutritional giant. The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations has declared quinoa as a food with “high nutritive value.” Research has shown this food to contain...

Is Glucosamine the Best Supplement for a Pet with Arthritis?

Is Glucosamine the Best Supplement for a Pet with Arthritis?

Studies demonstrate arthritis signs are improved faster with any of the following nutraceuticals: Boswellia, green lipped musseks, turmeric, Elk velvet antler, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbal formulas, and a combination. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories....

Special Ingredient Saturday – Shrimp

Shrimp.  It's what's for dinner. At least, it should be.... for your pets.   Shrimp are low fat, high in protein, and an excellent source of selenium. They are also a good source of Vitamin D, B12, and healthy omega-3 Fatty acids. So, broil those protein-packed little...

How to Look for a Fungal Infection Before it’s Too Late

How to Look for a Fungal Infection Before it’s Too Late

Recently, I was consulting with a wonderful pet owner whose dog was coughing. This dog had undergone extensive diagnostic work up by her primary care veterinarian. Bridget had fallen off the grooming table before the coughing started. One of the possibilities was that...

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